, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 223–245

Descriptive and explanatory markedness

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11525-010-9167-0

Cite this article as:
Harbour, D. Morphology (2011) 21: 223. doi:10.1007/s11525-010-9167-0


The wide empirical coverage of two number features, [±singular] and [±augmented], is used to show that (Greenbergian) category-internal markedness, (geometric) feature markedness, and value markedness are, respectively, epiphenomenal, untenable, and too simplistically formulated to be currently evaluated.


Feature geometry Features Markedness (implications) Number Person 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUK

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